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Texas A&M Initiative Funds Five Clinical Research Partnership Grants

Projects selected for the Presidential Clinical Research Partnership program are awarded up to $200,000 each.
By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations October 12, 2021

The second round of the Presidential Clinical Research Partnership (PCRP) program awarded five grants totaling $1 million to interdisciplinary projects that support the development of long-term partnerships between Texas A&M University and its clinical affiliates and partners, the Division of Research announced today. These awards are available for up to $200,000 for a two-year period.

The program aims to foster interdisciplinary research that will improve health, health care and health equity in Texas by advancing novel translational, clinical or educational research.

“Projects funded by the PCRP will confront some of our state’s most vital health issues,”  Interim Vice President for Research Jack G. Baldauf said. “These collaborations serve to enhance Texas A&M’s ability to bring research from the bench to bedside more quickly and efficiently. Congratulations to the faculty members and clinical partners who will receive this funding. We look forward to seeing the results of their efforts.”

PCRP grants are designed to stimulate new collaborations between Texas A&M researchers and clinical partners.

Approved projects must be led jointly by faculty or faculty-equivalent research positions at Texas A&M, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, or the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and clinical practitioners at healthcare facilities with established affiliation or clinical research collaboration agreements.

The PCRP 2021 grants were awarded to the following Texas A&M faculty members and their clinical partners:

  • Amal Ahmed Noureldin*, College of Dentistry, and Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Radiation Oncology, “Silver Diamine Fluoride: Novel Addition to the Prophylactic Bundle for Dental Management of Radiation-Induced Dental Caries in Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Patients.”
  • Ke “Kurt” Zhang*, College of Medicine, and Edward Sauter, Walter Reed Army National Medical Center, “Cell-free DNA Methylation Signatures from Nipple Aspirate Fluid for Breast Cancer Early Detection.”
  • Mansoor Khan, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and Maen Abdelrahim, Houston Methodist Cancer Center, “Tolfenamic Acid-based Therapeutic Regimen for Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer.”
  • Mary Meagher, College of Liberal Arts, and Kathryn Wright, Brazos County Detention Center, “Preventing Opioid Relapse: Integrating Behavioral and Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails.”
  • Samba Reddy, College of Medicine, and Batool F. Kirmani*, CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital, “Randomized Trial of Neurosteroid Replacement Therapy for Catamenial Epilepsy.”

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $1.131 billion in fiscal year 2020. Texas A&M ranked in the top 25 of the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey based on expenditures of more than $952 million in fiscal year 2019. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental, and applied contributions resulting in economic benefits to the state, nation, and world.

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Media contact: Texas A&M University Division of Research Communications,

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